Environment

SFNF: Cattle Guard Installation On Jemez Ranger District Postponed Until Spring

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest officials postponed the installation of cattle guards on Forest Road 105 (Sulfur Creek Road) and Forest Road 106 (Thompson Ridge Road) until spring. 

Installation was originally planned the week of Nov. 12, but is postponed until forest officials can ensure emergency access during construction.

The plan is to complete the project ahead of the next grazing season.

Public notification will be made as soon as new installation dates are determined. Once the project begins, the forest roads will be impassible from approximately 9:30 a.m. to


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Be Aware … Share The Forest With Wild Animals

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Winter is fast approaching, and hard times may be ahead for some forest animals.

Heavy snows and extended periods of bitter cold can take a toll on many forest creatures. Winter mortality is nothing to be concerned about since it has been occurring for ages.

What has not been occurring for quite as long; however, is the increased amount of human activity on the forest. Forest officials highly encourage visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, but to also be aware of the surroundings. Besides preparing for the weather, forest users need to be aware of what they should do should they


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Cuba Ranger District La Jara Burn Planned Nov. 26

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Nov. 26 through March 15, 2019.

A total of 79 acres may be treated in the area just east of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling


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Daily Postcard: Full Beaver Moon Visible Early Today

Daily Postcard: View of the Full Beaver Moon captured on camera early this morning from White Rock. November’s full moon was called the Full Beaver Moon by both the Algonquin tribes and colonial Americans. The Native Americans used the monthly moons and nature’s signs as a sort of calendar to track the seasons. Why this name? Back then, November was the month to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. The November full moon also was called the Full Frost Moon by other Native American tribes. Source: almanac.com. Photo by


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AGU: Oil Extraction Likely Triggered Mid-Century Earthquakes In Los Angeles

Oil fueled the growth of Los Angeles from 50,000 people in 1890 to 1.5 million in 1940. By the 1940s, the Signal Hill field alone had a forest of 20,000 derricks among its residential homes. Los Angeles County still has 3,000 active wells. Signal Hill postcard c. 1926 Courtesy/Werner Von Boltenstern Postcard Collection, Loyola Marymount University library archive

AGU News:

  • New study revisits data, eyewitness accounts from the early instrumentation age

 
By LIZA LESTER
AGU

World War II-era oil pumping under Los Angeles likely triggered a rash of mid-sized earthquakes in the 1930s and


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Tis The Season To Recycle … Cardboard Boxes!

COUNTY News:

Toys and clothes and boxes oh my! With the holidays upon us and shopping sprees in full swing, Environmental Services anticipates an increase in cardboard boxes.

To help accommodate the extra cardboard, the staff have added more cardboard recycling locations throughout Los Alamos County.

As a friendly reminder, please flatten the cardboard boxes.

Cardboard Recycling Locations:

  • Los Alamos Ice Rink at 4475 West Road;
  • Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.;
  • North Mesa Ball Fields on North Mesa Road;
  • Sullivan Field Recycling Center in the Sullivan Parking Lot;

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Water Pipe Bursts Early This Morning In Western Area

A water pipe burst this morning on the water tank in Western Area and water runs down across West Road near the Los Alamos Ice Rink. A utility department spokesperson reports that an investigation is underway to determine whether the pipe actually burst or the tank just overflowed. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
Water from the burst pipe this morning on the water tank in Western Area. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A water pipe burst this morning on the tank directly behind the homes where Fairway and 47th Street meet off of the Trinity Drive side


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Learn About Asteroids And Watch ‘National Parks Adventure’ In Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

Join astronomer Rick Wallace at 7 p.m., Friday at the nature center planetarium to learn about the past and future of asteroid impacts. Courtesy/PEEC

Watch the full-dome film ‘National Parks Adventure’ at 2 p.m. Saturday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join astronomer Rick Wallace in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium this Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. to learn all about the past and future of asteroid impacts and threats.

Audience members will watch the full-dome film “Incoming!” at this event and enjoy an audio-visual presentation from Wallace on the nature of asteroids,


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Daily Postcard: Happy Thanksgiving Los Alamos!

Daily Postcard: A Thanksgiving sunrise viewed this morning from White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts a high today near 50 with partly sunny skies and a low tonight around 29 with a 40 percent chance of rain and snow before 11 p.m. and new snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible. The Los Alamos Daily Post news team takes this opportunity to thank and wish our readers in Los Alamos, across the nation and around the world a very Happy Thanksging Day. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Researchers Discover How ‘Cryptic’ Connections In Disease Transmission Influence Epidemics

Researchers Kate Langwig, Joseph Hoyt and Jennifer Redell tag bats with fluorescent dust and observed their movements to track hidden connections that can spread disease within and between bat species. Courtesy/Virginia Tech
 
VIRGINIA TECH News:
 
Diseases have repeatedly spilled over from wildlife to humans, causing local to global epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS and Nipah.
 
A new study by researchers of disease transmission in bats has broad implications for understanding hidden or “Cryptic” connections that can spread diseases between species and lead

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County: Tis The Season To Recycle!

COUNTY News:

Toys and clothes and boxes oh my! With the holidays upon us and shopping sprees in full swing, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division anticipates an increase in cardboard boxes.

To help accommodate the extra cardboard, more cardboard recycling locations are added throughout the County. As a friendly reminder, flatten the cardboard boxes.

Cardboard Recycling Locations:

Ice Rink                                                                              


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LANL: Eight Los Alamos Projects Win R&D 100 Awards

Eight LANL projects win R&D 100 Awards at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony. Courtesy photo

 
LANL News:
 
Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies win R&D 100 Awards at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Orlando, Fla. Three of the inventions also win Special Recognition Awards, including a Gold award for corporate social responsibility.
 
“The Laboratory’s eight R&D 100 award winners show how scientific excellence in the name of national security can also benefit society as a whole,” Laboratory Director Thom Mason said. “I am impressed by the

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Udall, Grijalva Lead 118 Members Of Congress On Bicameral Amicus Brief To Protect National Monuments

U.S. SENATE News:
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) have led 26 Senators and 92 House members to submit an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs in five cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that challenge the Trump administration’s decision to significantly diminish the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in southern Utah.

 
In the brief, the lawmakers argue that under the Constitution, no president has the power to shrink or reduce national monuments since that power resides

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Daily Postcard: Fall Foliage Colors Demo Garden

Daily Postcard: Fall foliage colors the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden on Central Avenue before last week’s snowstorm. The Demo Garden is a Public Education Garden maintained by the Los Alamos Master Gardeners organization (LAMG), in conjunction with the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Department and the New Mexico State University Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Office. The Garden is on the South side of Central Avenue, between Ashley Pond and Oppenheimer Drive. It is always open to the public and handicap accessible. The Demonstration Garden was started in 1990


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DOE Releases RFI/Sources Sought For EM ICP

DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) – Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) Closure and Other Mission Objectives acquisition at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
 
The EM ICP mission objectives is currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and expires May 31, 2021.
 
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from

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